'The silence was deafening': Social and health service support after miscarriage

Rowlands, Ingrid Jean and Lee, Christina (2010) 'The silence was deafening': Social and health service support after miscarriage. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 28 3: 274-286. doi:10.1080/02646831003587346

Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your UQ eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
HERDC_checklist.pdf HERDC checklist – not publicly available application/pdf 60.79KB 0

Author Rowlands, Ingrid Jean
Lee, Christina
Title 'The silence was deafening': Social and health service support after miscarriage
Formatted title
‘The silence was deafening’: Social and health service support after miscarriage
Journal name Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-6838
Publication date 2010-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02646831003587346
Volume 28
Issue 3
Start page 274
End page 286
Total pages 13
Editor Margaret Redshaw
Place of publication New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Miscarriage, a common event in the early stages of pregnancy, has been associated with clinical levels of anxiety and depression. Most of the evidence describing what is helpful for women in their journey through miscarriage has been conducted in the UK. As the Australian health care system is somewhat different, this study uses qualitative methods to examine whether Australian women face different challenges when coping with miscarriage. Semi-structured interviews with 9 women (aged 35-42; M=37 years), who had experienced miscarriages in the previous 2 years, were conducted, and a thematic analysis carried out. Engagement, acknowledgement and support from families, health care providers and the community were positive aspects for women after miscarriage. Unfortunately, the medical management of miscarriage was often described as poor. A lack of information received, in combination with insensitive comments and lack of empathy while being treated in hospital, were very negative aspects of women's miscarriage experiences. Our findings are consistent with similar research conducted in the UK. A multi-level approach to miscarriage which involves support and education for women, their families, and health care professionals may help minimise the extent of women's distress after miscarriage.
© 2010 Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology.
Keyword Miscarriage
Social support
Medical care
Psychological morbidity
Depressive symptoms
Womens experiences
Pregnancy loss
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
School of Public Health Publications
School of Psychology Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 11 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 14 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Sun, 29 Aug 2010, 00:02:36 EST